Gambia: Mutineering soldiers, plot leader escape arrest amid crackdown

Gambia: Mutineering soldiers, plot leader escape arrest amid crackdown

The leader of a group of disgruntled Gambian soldiers that were plotting to revolt against the country’s unity government has escaped.

The unnamed ringleader and several other soldiers went into hiding following the arrest of four soldiers who were part of the plot.

Three soldiers, who aided the ringleader have been arrested, according to the army.

The group’s leader has also escaped with operational plans and other intelligence related to the failed mutiny.

Senior government officials were the target of the men, military insiders say.

The army declined to confirm the assertion and would not name the targeted senior officials.

Former President Yahya Jammeh’s loyalists remaining in the army and those that have escaped to neighboring countries have been plotting to destabilize the small nation.

Gambia’s army says it is working to weed out “the few disgruntled soldiers” and shake up has seen several commanders and the army’s intelligence chief replaced.

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